Peter Martin Boehm – Major, United States Army

Peter Martin Boehm of New York
Appointed from Montana, Private General Mounted Service and Bugler Troop B, 2nd Cavalry, 3 July 1858 to 3 July 1863
Private, General Services, 3 September 1863 to 1 March 1865
Second Lieutenant, 15th New York Cavalry, 1 March 1865
Honorably mustered out 4 October 1865
Second Lieutenant, 4th U. S. Cavalry, 1 May 1866
First Lieuenant, 27 September 1866
Captain, 1 May 1873
Awarded Medal of Honor, 12 December 1898 for most distinguished gallantry in action in Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia 31 March1865 while acting as Aide-de-Camp to General Custer in taking a flag from the hands of the color bearer riding in front of a line that was being driven back by the enemy and under a heavy fire rallying the men and reforming the line and repulsing the charge while serving as Second Lieunant, 15th New York Cavalry
Breveted Captain, 27 February 1890 for gallant service in action against Indians ontheBrazos River,Texas, 28 and 29 October 1869; special gallantry in action on the same river 10 October 1871 and gallant conduct in action against Indians on the Red River, Texas, 29 Septmber1872
Retired 1 March 1878

Born on February 10, 1845, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the Civil War as Second Lieutenant, Company K, 15th New York Cavalry at Dinwiddie Courthouse, Virginia, on March 31, 1865. The Medal was not actually issued until December 15, 1898.

He died on June 4, 1914 and was buried in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Ada Boehm, is buried with him.


Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, Company K, 15th New York Cavalry. Place and date: At Dinwiddie Courthouse, Virginia, 31 March 1865. Entered service at: Brooklyn, New York. Birth: New York. Date of issue: 15 December 1898.

Citation: While acting as aide to General Custer, took a flag from the hands of color bearer, rode in front of a line that was being driven back and, under a heavy fire, rallied the men, re-formed the line, and repulsed the charge.



Major United States Army

  • DATE OF DEATH: 06/14/1914



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